Margaret Preston
Australia 1875-1963,
lived in Europe 1904-07, 1912-19
Flapper 1928
oil on canvas
77.3 x 58.5 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased with the assistance of the Cooma-Monaro Snowy River Fund, 1988
© Margaret Preston Estate.
Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Margaret Preston

art and life

This education resource, developed by the Art Gallery of NSW, highlights key works, ideas and themes from the exhibition Margaret Preston: art and life (2005–2006) which showcased more than 180 works by this celebrated Australian artist. Preston promoted her unique vision for a new, modern Australian art through a synthesis of European and Asian traditions, together with the profound influence of Aboriginal art which she recognised as one of the world’s great art traditions. The illustrated resource provides a comprehensive artist biography and specific investigations and approaches for students to gain a fuller appreciation of Preston’s work. These materials are accompanied by detailed learning activities, questions and assessment tasks tailored to specific year levels and learning abilities.

Information and Activities


From the Exhibition

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